Nov 7, 2009 9:12am
Re: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ Grateful Dead Archivist
McHenry Library — UCSC
- thanks TigerBolt -
below is an "exact copy" of the actual UCSC job posting
Archivist for the Grateful Dead Archive
The University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, seeks an enterprising, creative, and service-oriented archivist to join the staff of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) as Archivist for the Grateful Dead Archive The Archivist will be part of a dynamic, collegial, and highly motivated department dedicated to building, preserving, promoting, and providing maximum access both physically and virtually to one of the Library's most exciting and unique collections, The Grateful Dead Archive (GDA). The UCSC University Library utilizes innovative approaches to allow the discovery, use, management, and sharing of information in support of research, teaching, and learning.Grateful Dead Archive:
The Grateful Dead Archive documents the band's creative activity and influence in contemporary music history from 1965 to 1995, including the phenomena of the Deadheads, the band’s extensive network of devoted fans, and the band’s highly unusual and successful musical business ventures. The Archive contains original documents, clippings, artifacts, photography, posters, audio and video recordings, publications about the Dead and its individual members, its tours and performances, recordings and productions, and business. Correspondence and art contributed over the years by Deadheads are part of the Archive.
The Archive, which is approximately 600 linear feet, is physically housed in McHenry Library's Special Collections & Archives department. A dedicated area, "Dead Central" (soon to be opened in the newly renovated McHenry Library) will offer the public opportunities for listening and viewing material from the Archive. Material digitized from the Archive will be made in the Library’s CONTENTdm digital collections system and in a separate, Omeka-powered system will form the basis of Virtual Terrapin Station, a web-based digital collections system which will provide access to digitized materials from the collection while at the same time allowing social interaction and the exchange of data with and from the public. The Finding Aid for the GDA will be submitted to the CDL's Online Archive of California, and bibliographic records for all commercial GDA publications will appear in Library's local catalog, CruzCat, and in OCLC's WorldCat.
Under the general direction of the Head of Special Collections and Archives, the GDA Archivist will provide managerial and curatorial oversight of the GDA, plan for and supervise the physical and digital processing of all Archive related material, and promote the GDA to the public and facilitate its use by scholars, fans, and students.Rank:
Associate Librarian or LibrarianSalary:
Appointment Salary Range: Associate Librarian III- Librarian I, with an approximate salary range of $52,860-$68,892, commensurate with qualifications and experience.Position Available:
March 1, 2010Responsibilities:
Working with the Head of SC&A department, establishes plans and priorities for physically processing and housing of material in the Archive, including new contributions received as gifts or by purchase.
Following national standards and best practices for archival description, establishes policy standards for the arrangement and description of the GDA, and with assistance from SC&A processing team, prepares and generates an encoded finding aid for submission to the California Digital Library's Online Archive of California.
Assesses preservation and conservation needs of collections; refers items as necessary for treatment.
Identifies material and develops content for publishing to the Library’s CONTENTdm-based digital collections. Provides descriptive metadata for items that are to be scanned.
Working with the Head of the Digital Initiatives department, establishes plans for digital content building and continued sustainability of Virtual Terrapin Station.
Identifies and resolves rights clearance and permission issues, and obtains documentation for contributed material offered to the collection via Virtual Terrapin Station's social networking and data contribution features.
Promotes, publicizes, and creates awareness of the GDA by maintaining productive academic relations as well as creating and maintaining ties with the community and potential donors. Acts as liaison with current Grateful Dead commercial and licensing entities Rhino Entertainment, Ice Nine Publishing, and Grateful Dead Productions.
Provides specialized reference assistance to scholars and general public using the Archive. Is responsible for maintaining GDA's dedicated email account, responds to all inquiries and answers or makes referrals to reference questions.
Manages Dead Central's open access hours, and curates exhibitions for display in Dead Central.
Acts as registrar for material that is loaned from the Archive; handles all risk management and exhibition loan form requirements.
Plans for and manages occasional GDA conferences and events held on campus or scheduled in other venues.
Maintains GDA Blog and Facebook accounts.
Participates with Library Development in cultivating donor support for the Archive and in stewarding friends and contributors. May develop grant proposals to further support GDA processing, access, or new acquisitions.
Directly supervises processing assistants, student assistants, and project archivists. Works with the Head of Digital Initiatives and project-based staff in an advisory role for project activities (selection, workflow, priorities, metadata, etc).
Develops and manages a volunteer and intern program taking advantage of assistance of skilled and subject knowledgeable community volunteers/interns to meet production and promotional goals of the GDA.
Participates in the management of the SC&A department, developing policies, procedures, goals, and priorities.
Librarians are expected to be professionally active outside of the library, and participate in library-wide activities, including administrative committees and special projects.Qualifications:Required:
- Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or accredited graduate archives management program.
- Significant, demonstrated experience working with books, manuscripts, photographs, recordings, and other material in a special collections & archives environment.
- Knowledge of the access tools for special collections and archival material and the standards and procedures for their preservation and conservation.
- Demonstrated experience developing processing plans and creating finding aids in accordance with national standards.
- Knowledge of and ability to maintain awareness of developments in archival processing, digital information technologies, and their uses in special collections and archives.
- Expert knowledge in the history and scholarship of contemporary popular music and American vernacular culture, preferably the history and influence of the Grateful Dead.
- Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
- Oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills sufficient to promote and present the archive to multiple audiences.
- Prior experience directing the work of others.
- Demonstrated experience working in public services in academic environment.
- Demonstrated experience working on outreach and other donor related activities.
This position reports to the Head Special Collections and Archives and is represented by the UC-AFT (American Federation of Teachers). All UCSC librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC).
The University Library's Special Collections & Archives offers UCSC's academic community, visiting scholars, and the general public access to extensive and remarkable collections of rare books and manuscripts, photographs, fine art, recordings, and historical artifacts, with strengths in 20th century West Coast literary, photographic, and musical movements. The department supports the University's academic program and its instructional and research interests. It also preserves and promotes collections that hold particular historical and cultural significance to an international scholarly community, houses and provides access to publications and archives focusing on the geographic region of Santa Cruz, and serves as the repository for UCSC administrative archives and those of the UC Observatories.
Santa Cruz is a lively, environment-oriented community of about 56,000 that combines the benefits of a small college town with a beach resort. It is about 45 minutes from San Jose, and about 90 minutes from San Francisco. Recreational activities in the Sierra Nevada mountains/Lake Tahoe area are a few hours away. The University and the surrounding communities sponsor a wide range of cultural events.
The Campus and the University Library:
Situated in a redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 2,000-acre University of California, Santa Cruz campus is in an environment of unrivaled natural beauty. Currently the campus enrolls approximately 15,000 students, including graduate and professional students, and employs over 1,200 faculty and other academicians and approximately 3,000 non-academic staff. Large capital improvement projects, including a new addition to the McHenry Library, as well as innovative new degree programs and collaborative research centers, highlight the campus' commitment to objectives of intellectual excellence, professional success, and social responsibility. The campus fosters a curriculum of critical inquiry, which is energized by a blending of traditional majors with rigorous cross-disciplinary research. UCSC is recognized for its excellence as a premier public research institution and its unwavering dedication to excellent teaching.
The Library has developed a distinct identity both in its interdisciplinary and special collections and through its profound commitment to service, outreach, and library instruction. The Library's collection, housed in the McHenry Library and the Science & Engineering Library, includes more than 1.5 million volumes, over 16,000 print and electronic periodical titles, and half a million media items. The Library staff numbers over 100. Construction of the $100 million McHenry Library addition and renovation project will be completed in 2010.
Library Services are provided in a fully automated environment that encourages the innovative use of information technology. Remote access to collections and services is available via the UCSC University Library homepage (http://library.ucsc.edu). The Library’s digital collections are made available locally at http://digitalcollections.ucsc.edu and finding aids for collections, archives, papers, and records are also made available through the Online Archives of California at http://www.oac.cdlib.org/. (The OAC is administered through UC's California Digital Library and its Digital Special Collections Program.)
Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and a generous benefit program including an excellent retirement system. The University sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Relocation assistance is provided. This is a potential career status appointment.
Electronic submission of applications is preferred. All materials can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should supply a letter of application that includes a statement indicating how applicant’s credentials and experience meet the posted requirements for this position. The letter should also include a resume of their education and experience, as well as the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) references that are knowledgeable about their qualifications for the position.
Alternate mailing address:
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Phone: (831) 459-2076 Fax: (831) 459-8206
Please refer to Position #T10-07 in all correspondence.
Closing date: This position is open until filled. Initial review of applications will begin on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. In order to receive full consideration, all materials should arrive by that date.
The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, committed to excellence though diversity. We strive to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.